Thursday, March 5, 2015

Temperature charts should not remind you of a yoyo!

C'mon, give us a break, wouldya!

By that, i mean the weather.

As i stand here typing this, the temperature outside is about 82°F, and while there are clouds, the sun is shining.

By the time you read this, the temperature here will be around 40°F, and it will be cloudy and maybe raining again.

By Friday morning, we are supposed to have another freeze, and there is talk of school closing if there is still precipitation then, as no one wants the buses out in that.  We are not equipped to deal with a lot of freezing precipitation of any type.

But really, from open toe shoes weather to another freeze in a day?  Cut us some slack, weather!

The swamp plants don't like this.  Some have bloomed already, and now the tulip trees and dogwoods are going to lose their blooms.  So are the sweet olives, whose perfume must be made in heaven it is so beautiful.

Not the pecan trees, though.  They always know, and don't bloom until after the very last freeze, no matter when that is.  Somehow, the pecan trees know.

Never plant your tomatoes until you see the pecan trees bloom.  This from someone who kills silk houseplants and can't grow anything but crabgrass!  Even i know these few things, though.

Some of the azaleas have bloomed.

Some of them have not, and are still in bud.

Tulip tree in neighbor's yard, that i see from my kitchen window.

Good-bye, blooms!  It's sad that you can't stay longer.  Weather can be cruel.

Today is:

Act Goofy Day -- started by someone who wanted to see how far the internet could spread goofiness

Arivee de l'Evangile -- French Polynesia (Gospel Day)

Babysitter Safety Day

Butter Lantern Festival -- Tibet (the final celebration of the Tibetan New Year)

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Thursday:  Name Tag Day, celebrating those silly tags that say, "Hello, My Name is Illegible"!

Crispus Attucks Day*

Crufts Dog Show -- Birmingham, England (the World's Greatest Dog Show; Best in Show here is the most prestigious award in the world of dogs; through Sunday)

Custom Chief's Day -- Vanuatu

Diasia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus Meilikhios; date approximate)

Doljatra/Holika Dahan -- regions of India (a festival of colors, similar to Holi

Full Worm Moon -- also called Leaf Moon, Seedling Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Light Snow Moon, or Lenten Moon; considered the last full moon of winter
     Medin Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
     Taubaung Full Moon -- Myanmar

Magha Puja Day -- Buddhist (celebrations of the teachings of Buddha to an assembly of holy men)

National Absinthe Day

National Cheese Doodle Day

Navigium Isis/Ploiaphaesia: The Festival of Navigation -- Ancient Roman Calendar/Ancient Egyptian Calendar (Sailing Festival, honoring Isis as sea goddess and goddess of sailing, on the traditional start of the sailing season)

Purim -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday, through sundown today)

Scouts' Day -- Taiwan (celebration of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Taiwan)

St. Piran's Day (Patron of miners, tin miners, tinners; Cornwall, England; Piran, Slovenia)
     St. Piran's Day Celebrations -- Cornwall, England

Stop the Clocks Day -- another of those with-no-explanation web holidays that sounds like a good idea

Temperance Day -- North America's first Temperance Law was passed in Virginia this day in 1623

Wedding of the March Dryads -- Fairy Calendar

World Book Day -- UK and Ireland (most other countries celebrate this on April 23; for more information)

Anniversary Today:

Channel Islands National Park is established, 1980

Birthdays Today:

Jake Lloyd, 1989
Niki Taylor, 1975
Kevin Connolly, 1974
Eva Mendes, 1974
Andy Gibb, 1958
Penn Jillette, 1955
Marsha Warfield, 1954
Michael Warren, 1946
Paul Sand, 1944
Samantha Eggar, 1939
Fred Williamson, 1938
Dean Stockwell, 1936
James Noble, 1922
Rex Harrison, 1908
Zhou Enlai, 1898
Emmett J. Culligan, 1893
Heitor Villa-Lobos, 1887
Howard Pyle, 1853
James Merrit Ives, 1824
William Blackstone, 1595
Gerhardus Mercator, 1512

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"What the Butler Saw"(Play)1969
"Leningrad"/Symphony No. 7 in C major(Shostakovich Op. 60), 1942
"Mefistofele"(Opera), 1868

Today in History:

Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death, 363
Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama, 1046
English king Henry VII hires John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) and his sons to explore unknown lands for England, 1496
Smoking tobacco is introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes, 1558
Copernicus' "de Revolutionibus" is placed on Catholic Forbidden index, 1616
Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans to take possession of the Louisiana territory from the French, 1766
*Boston Massacre: British troops kill 5 in a crowd, including a young boy and Crispus Attackus, the first black to die for American freedom, in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War five years later, 1770
The Dutch city of Leeuwarden forbids Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays, 1820
Samuel Colt makes the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber, 1836
George Westinghouse Jr patents the triple air brake for trains, 1872
Nikola Tesla, in Electrical World and Engineer, describes the process of the ball lightning formation, 1904
Winston Churchill uses the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri, 1946
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations, 1970
Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters, 1979
America's Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles, 1979
The Soviet probe Venera 14 arrives at the planet Venus, 1982
The graves of Czar Nicholas II and his family are found near St. Petersburg, 1995
President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, dies in office in the nation's capital, Caracas, at age 58, 2013 


  1. Spring has visited you it seems. Florida was like your weather. Very warm and then darn cold! Please count your blessings as you could be having the predicted ice storm we may be getting!

    here too.
    cancelled school.
    no ice or snow.

  3. Someone ought to do a study of those pecan trees! I am serious. There is a lot of use in accurate forecasting. It would be wonderful.

  4. Its hard on the body to go with jumps in temps like this too. Lots of sickness can occur. Hopefully it will level out soon! That is interesting about the pecan trees. We don't have any here that I know of, but if I ever move to an area with them, I'll remember that tidbit :)


  5. Wow, 82 to 40 is a big jump. We've been going from 60 to 30, but that's not as bad and we've had NO freezing precipitation at all. I've enjoyed the mild winter, but we're going to have crazy bug problems this year.

  6. wow. 82! we barely made it up to 50 one day then back to 20s with snow and sleet overnight. i hope this is the last blast.

  7. We're having spring like weather here, but it's normal for this time of year. I'm back in short sleeves and I'm ever so happy about that.

    You are certainly having some huge weather shifts. HUGE.

    Have a fabulous day and stay warm. ☺

  8. I wish I were as smart as a pecan tree.

  9. that tree is gorgeous!! No blooms here of any kind!
    And not for some time either. I put a good thick layer of fallen leaves on my gardens in the fall. When I take them off in late May, sometimes there are tiny blooms just showing their heads under -- but normally we have to wait until late, late May or early June.